Complete Control

Album: The Clash (1977)
Charted: 28
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  • They said, "Release Remote Control"
    But we didn't want it on the label
    They said, "Fly to Amsterdam"
    The people laughed, but the press went mad

    Ooh-oh, someone's really smart
    Ooh-oh, complete control, yeah, that's a laugh

    On the last tour, my mates they couldn't get in
    I'd open up the back door but they'd get run out again
    And at every hotel we was met by the law
    Come for the party, come to make sure

    Ooh-oh, have we done something wrong?
    Ooh-oh, complete control, even over this song

    You're my guitar hero

    They said we'd be artistically free
    When we signed that bit of paper
    They meant "Let's make a lots of money
    And worry about it later"

    Ooh-oh, I'll never understand
    Ooh-oh, complete control, let me see your other hand

    I don't trust you, so why should you trust me?
    All over the news spread fast
    They're dirty, they're filthy
    They ain't a-gonna last

    This is Joe Public speaking (control)
    I'm controlled in the body (C-O-N, control)
    I'm controlled in the mind
    This is the top rockers (control)
    With your zone in the price you whore (C-O-N, control)
    Come to me

    Total, C-O-N, control
    Total, (parent control) C-O-N, control

    We've got the rock 'n roll (C-O-N, control)
    That means you
    I kick it, I fight it, I gotta get up at it (C-O-N, control)
    I gotta kick it Writer/s: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 15

  • Sicks6six from NorthumberlandMARTIN. ROSTOCK. GERMANY. it was a mini tour to promote the as yet unreleased 1st album. No one knew the group.had heard punk music on the radio. No tickets sold so empty venues.the music press laughed at the band saying they were unable to play or sing (music press quoted gong and yes as being "good" bands haha) I would have loved to been at one of those gigs. That's the official line anyway..
  • Deethewriter from Saint Petersburg, Russia FederationAs song dedicated to the Clash = Die Toten Hosen--"Goodbye Garageland": Co-written by Strummer's old mucker Matt Dangerfield of the Boys; and with a nice thematic debt to 'Hitsville UK': "To the sound of the Guns of Brixton / We were fighting Complete Control / We felt like we were Prisoners / In our Safe European Home…"
  • Martin from Rostock, Germany"They said: Fly to Amsterdam! / The people laughed / The press went mad" Does anyone know what he's referring to? What happened in Amsterdam?
  • Randy from Elkhart, InGrowing up in Mid America I discovered The Clash in about 1980 when I was 14. My parents thought they were at least a bit tamer than The Sex Pistols. due to the fact they coudln't understand the lyrics. These boys became a huge part of my life growing up and today at 43 they still are. The Clash are timeless and totally relevant. I have just turned my 16 year old niece and her boyfriend on to them. My sister just shakes her head. Long live THE CLASH
  • Ross from Leicester, United KingdomThe title came about when manager Bernie Rhode(an associate of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren)told the band that he wanted "complete control". Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon responded by "falling about laughing". Bernie did much later get control of the band - the result being the unsuccessful and critically slated "Cut The Crap" album.
  • Matt from Boston, MaStrummer would probably hate this, but I consider him one of the most important paople in the history of rock music. If there was a Mt. Rushmore of rock musicians he would surely be on it if it were up to me.
  • Rahul from Chennai, Indiai guess they shouldn't put their personal problems to surface... anyway, gr8 band, gr8 song...... and definitely an under-rated band.....
  • Mudassir from Bolton, EnglandLove this song - the lyrics are a bit self indulgent (like anyone cares about their problems with the record company!) but what a guitar riff build up - I think this is what the rock critics call a "wall of sound"! I was driving along to this once and realised my speed had built up along with the song to like 90mph lol
  • Matthew from Milford, MaAmen! If only more people were like The Clash...
  • Aych from Kranj, Europe'Complete Control' was one of Bernie Rhodes' (the manager's) favourite quotes

    This is the best song ever!!!!
  • Mudassir from Bolton, EnglandWicked riff and vocal, hard to believe lee perry (of all ppl) mixed it!
  • Nick from San Francisco, CaFunny... "Complete Control" and a bunch of other sequels were released on the US version of their first self-titled album, purely on the decision of the record company... exactly the kind of fatcat BS that inspired this incredible tune.
  • Andy from Halifax, EnglandAmen. The Clash colud give a lot of todays 'punk' bands a lesson in being 'punks'. Joe strummer was a truly great musician, and stayed true to his morals and principles throughout his career, his early death is a loss to the world.
  • Johnny from Oakland, CaGreat song from an incredibly under-appreciated band. The Clash give lessons in "keeping it real" better than most.
  • Ruth from San Diego, CaWhat a fantastic song this is. The Clash were never as outrageous as the Sex Pistols, but they were so much more creative and not afraid to make the kind of music they wanted to make. All throughout this song, you can feel their anger toward the record company building up. It reminds you that the Clash actually cared about the integrity of their music instead of selling out.
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